La Ditta R. Petra Wine Co. 1913

San Francisco, CA. The nice thing about having a blog is that you get to indulge whims. Apart from antique cookbooks, I have been known to dabble in wine. Found these images from the L'Italia newspaper, published in San Francisco circa 1913. The newspaper is in Italian, so brush off those conjugations! Judging by the…

Summer Luncheon Menu ~1913

Summer Lunch Menu 1913. Welcome Summer! Several options for your upcoming picnic! Menu: Iced Currants Lettuce Sandwiches Chicken in Jelly Cheese Straws Nasturtium Sandwiches Lemon Ice Cream Custard Snow Cake Iced Russian Tea (?) These recipe descriptions are such a delight to read. When was the last time you read 'daintily' in a recipe? Nasturtiums…

Coffee Monday ~1915

Coffee For Your Summer Home. Happy Monday! And here I was worried about my summer coffee supply... Well that's a relief! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks “You may succeed with only a moderate amount of judgement…” Remarks on Pie Making ~1866 Cape Cod Clam Chowder ~1866

How To Set The Luncheon Table ~1899

The Victorian Lunch Table. Love the early photography in this one! The directions for setting the luncheon table will not be familiar. Take a look at the picture itself, then the directions below. You'll notice multiple forks and knives. I really like the little tea kettle set-up in the center of the table. When did…

Currant Wine ~1929

Currant Wine Recipe. The bounty of summer is upon us! Time to think about making fruit wines. A week or so ago, one of the young men working at the famers market asked the lady in front of us if she'd like some free strawberries and handed her a flat - told her she could…

Macaroni and Cheese ~1897

Macaroni and Cheese Recipe. For all of you macaroni and cheese lovers out there, here's one for you! My nieces are big fans, but this isn't your typical box style mac & cheese... Talk about a unique preparation! The sauce and cheese are layered separately throughout the dish. Here's another macaroni and cheese recipe from…

Coffee Monday ~1921

The English Breakfast. ...the long sideboard with its row of hot-water dishes flanking the vast coffee-urn which puffs out little angry jets of steam... Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Cape Cod Clam Chowder ~1866 Advice on Most Useful Vegetables ~1847 Army Slap-Jacks ~1886  

Cucumber Recipes ~1897

Raw, Fried, and on Toast. The first piles of cucumbers showed up in our farmers market this week! Looking for ways to enjoy them beyond salad? How about frying them up and serving them on toast? The handy vegetable slicer is an added 19th century kitchen gadget bonus. Here's to summer's bounty! More Fun Discoveries…

Deviled Eggs ~1897

Vertical Style. Here's to a hors d'oeuvres conversation starter for! This recipe for deviled eggs calls for standing them up instead of having them lie sideways. I wonder when this style went out of vogue? The next time we make deviled eggs, will give it a go! Source: Motgomery Ward and Co's Common Sense Cookery, 1897. More…

Cherry Wine Recipe ~1825

Homemade Cherry Wine. Looking for a cherry wine recipe? This one looks like it has potential. The primary fermentation is spot on in terms of process. I love how they burry it in sand to keep the must cool and then top it with a vine leaf - what imagery! The recipe even calls for…

Daily Menu ~1915

These menus always seem so well balanced with lots of fresh ingredients. What a different era from our fast food drive-thrus and pre-packaged frozen dinners. What is a Blackberry Roly-Poly? Glad you asked! This roly-poly calls for steaming the dough roll. I see 'boiled puddings' and 'steamed rolls' regularly. Has anyone tried steaming/boiling desserts?  As…

Family Sauce ~1825

Sauce a tous Mets. One can never have enough sauce recipes! Here's one that requires some planning ahead (8 hours), but could probably work in a slow cooker. Ingredients: 1 pint stock 1 large glass white wine Pepper/salt A little thin lemon peel (guesses on amount?) Bay leave Dash of good vinegar Yum! More Fun…

Potato Pudding ~1877

Potato Pudding Recipe. Note: 41 ounces is about 2.5 lbs. That's quite a bit of potato! Perfect for leftover mashed potatoes. 4 ounces of butter is 1 stick. Will post this with every intention of coming back to experiment. If it comes out edible, has potential as a gluten free dessert. I just finished watching…